We’re so so so excited to bring you the ultimate stocking stuffer just in time for Christmas – our super versatile, uber useful STYLondon x bellabox All In One Face Palette! It’s our first foray into makeup palettes, and we hope you’ll agree we’ve nailed it with this clever quad made exclusively for you, bellas ;)
With a matte bronzer, banana powder, cheek-popping blush, and shimmering highlighter, it’ll seriously up your face game. And if you’re new to highlighting, and don’t know your banana powder from your banana smoothie? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Read on for our bb-approved guide to getting the most out of your quad palette. And shining your brightest this party season!
Banana powder got our attention during the highly airbrushed, heavy handed ‘baking’ phase, and, while in late-2018 we’re all about a fresher faced, more low-fi approach to makeup, we’re still bananas for this mattifying magic dust! While it might be a bit daunting at first to use a yellow-toned powder, we guarantee you won’t end up looking jaundiced, no matter your skintone. Instead, you’ll instantly brighten and mattify dull and oily bits, and ensure your slap is budge-proof, even during a heatwave.
After applying your foundation and creamy concealer, buff on your banana powder with your favourite brush (might we suggest your bellabox fan brush?). Use under the eyes to brighten dark circles and prevent your under-eye concealer from creasing. You can also dust your face lightly for an all-over brightening effect and to set your makeup, or concentrate on your t-zone to mattify oily skin. Banana powder also helps neutralise redness and gives your concealer staying power, so it’s great for camouflaging spots and broken capillaries.
If you’re planning to use your blush, bronzer and highlighter (and why wouldn’t you!), your first step is to apply your bronzer. The general rule with bronzer is to apply it where the sun would naturally hit your face – your cheeks, temples, bridge of nose and chin.
Using a large, soft brush (use anything too compact and you run the risk of applying too much and ending up with a muddy looking mug), apply in a 3-shape. Sweep across the forehead to temples, under the cheekbone to create a natural looking contour, then along the jawline. Finish off by lightly dusting your nose and chin.
Next comes your blush. While bronzer is about that sun-kissed glow and casual contouring, a pinky-hued blush is about faking an oh-so-wholesome feminine flush. If you’re wearing both, your bronzer lives just under your cheekbones, and your blush lives on those apples. Stray into the hollows below and you’ll kinda odd.
Smile to find your apples, then apply your blush in circular motions. The brush you use is a matter of preference, but a smaller, denser, dome-shaped brush is great if you want a more concentrated, pigment-rich application.
Think of your highlighter as the finishing touch and apply it lucky last. We love to use our bellabox fan brush for this step, as it’s splayed out enough to tackle the cheekbones and top of our forehead, but fine enough to illuminate smaller spots like the bridge of the nose, centre of the chin, and above and below the brow. Use a smaller brush to apply highlighter to your cupid’s bow for a perfectly-shaped pout, or to the inner corners of your eyes for a well-rested look.